Patoka Sportsman 2-1-20

Patoka Sportsman 2-1 & 2-2-20

Indiana Conservation Officer Zac Howerton, who serves Perry County, has been selected the 2019 District 8 Indiana Conservation Officer of the Year. Howerton was raised in Crawford County and has been serving as a conservation officer for eight years. In addition to his patrol duties, Howerton is a member of the DNR Law Enforcement cave rescue and scuba teams. He also serves as a background investigator and field training officer. District 8 covers Crawford, Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Jackson, Lawrence, Orange, Perry, Scott and Washington counties.The district award puts Howerton in the running for the Pitzer Award, which is given to the top overall conservation officer in the state of Indiana and selected from the 10 district award winners.The Pitzer award is named after Conservation Officer James D. Pitzer, who was fatally shot while investigating illegal hunting activity Jan. 2, 1961 in Jay County.

There will be a 3-D Broken Arrow Archery shoot Sunday February 9th at Beaver Lake. Sign-in will be from sunrise till noon. A practice range will be available, and concessions will also be sold. The entry fee is $10 for all adults, $8 for children age 11-17, and free for the cub class (10 and younger) and active military members. For more information call cliff fleck at (812)630-0454 or karla brames at 8128273756

Holland Kiwanis Club 13th Annual Gun & Knife Show will occur February 15 & 16 at the Huntingburg Event Center.

The 66th Annual Indianapolis Boat Sport & Travel Show is Feb. 14-23 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The Deer Turkey & Waterfowl show runs February 20-23. You can buy tickets at The 44th Annual NWTF Banquet is Beb. 12-16 at Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. Online reservations end on February 5.  Only a limited number of tickets will be available on site and events are likely to sell out. The link to purchase tickets is

Patoka Valley Friends of the NRA will hold their 2020 annual friends of the NRA banquet on Saturday, Feb. 22 at Venue 1408 in Huntingburg.  Doors open at 5.  Dinner is at 7.  There will be door prizes, a live and silent auction and special drawings.  Tickets are in exchange for a donation of $35 each or are included with the big Shooters Bonus Pack for a $100 donation.  This includes one dinner ticket and $100 bonus draw tickets.  You can save $35 if you purchase before Feb. 17.  Tickets are available at Dave’s Guns in Holland, Great Outdoors and Jeff’s Bait & Guns in Jasper.  All net proceeds benefit youth educatin, range development, conservation efforts plus many other qualified educational programs.

Applications may be submitted now through Feb. 19, 2020 for Spring Turkey reserved hunts. Local Participating properties are Atterbury Fish & Wildlife Area, Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, Glendale Fish & Wildlife Area, Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area, Hovey Lake Fish & Wildlife Area, Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge and Sugar Ridge Fish & Wildlife Area. Applicants must possess a valid hunting license for the species they wish to hunt. The application process is now consolidated into the online services website along with Licenses, Check-In game, and HIP registration. An online account is not required to apply, so there is no need to log in. Please note that in this new system, hunts without fees to register will follow the same process as those with a fee. For hunts with no fee to register, you still will be asked to Add to Cart, Proceed to Checkout, and Place Order. If the transaction total is $0, you will not be asked to enter credit card info.

Registration is open for the Full Moon 5K taking place at Patoka Lake beach on Friday, June 5 at

9:15p.m. Race 3.1miles through the woods on roadways, a well-maintained gravel and grass lane

and paved bike trail lit by moonlight and tiki torches. Race for a cause! All proceeds from this

event will go to support Patoka’s non-releasable raptors; a red-tailed hawk, eastern screech owl

and bald eagle. Early registration is $25 which includes a race t-shirt. Go to to register today! For more information or call


The Natural Resources Commission reviewed Fisheries, Wildlife and permit related rule proposals on January 21.  More information will be available soon with instructions on how to submit comments. A public hearing will be scheduled at a later date.  The NRC will review the public comments before voting on final adoption of the changes later in 2020.  For more information about the meetings to